5 players most likely to be traded in 2022 

The New York Mets are in the middle of one of their best seasons ever. Despite losing several key members of his ball club, Buck Showalter has led the team to a comfortable seven-game lead over the defending World Series champions in the Atlanta Braves. The team recently stumbled and lost their away streak against the San Francisco Giants; However, they still remain tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for most National League wins. While the roster is good enough to put them in a very strong position to make the playoffs, the team is undoubtedly a walk or two away from being a true World Series contender, and likely will be after one or two additional pieces when trading are looking for appointment. To get new players they have to trade their own players.

Here are 5 players most likely to be traded by the New York Mets in 2022

5.David Peterson

Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets - Game One
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets – Game One

Following injuries to New York Mets trio Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill, a number of players, as well as Peterson, have stepped up to fill the gap. The southpaw was a first-round pick by the University of Oregon in 2014 and finally seems to be living up to the potential and promise he showed as a prospect, posting an excellent 2.16 earned run average in four starts throughout the season having. That level of production also means Peterson will be immensely valuable to sellers as a solid left-handed starting pitcher who won’t hit free agency until the end of the 2026 season. An asset like this can help the New York Mets acquire a real game changer by the close this summer. However, the trade would need to bring in a player who is truly elite for the deal to be worthwhile.

4. Brett Baty

2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game
2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game

The former first-round pick has struggled through the New York Mets’ minor league system since being drafted from Lake Travis, Texas in 2019, and is ahead of schedule at AA Binghamton, adding 75 extras in nearly a full season Base hits keeps work worth doing. Baty is a valuable but expendable trade chip for the New York Mets, who sort of stacked the deck against him. He is the only remaining top contender not drafted by team president Sandy Alderson. Alderson had no qualms about selling skilled fielder Pete Crow Armstrong to the Chicago Cubs last year, and Baty looks just as likely to be an asset if he brings back a contributor for the next half of 2022.

3.Ronny Maurizio

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Though the infield contender has lost some of its luster in recent years, Mauricio is still ranked as the 73rd-best player in Major League Baseball. The Switch-hitting shortstop doesn’t have much of a way into the New York Mets roster, with Francisco Lindor having at least a decade left as a shortstop. Mauricio is having a solid season in AA and he still has a lot of development ahead of him in his career. In 2022, the young infielder hit six homers and stole six bases.

2. Highlight Vientos

This photo is courtesy of the New York Post- Mark Viento's New York Mets
This photo is courtesy of the New York Post- Mark Viento’s New York Mets

From the Mets’ perspective, Viento’s offensive potential will likely prove incredibly enticing for teams looking for a power hitter of the future. The 22-year-old has been building his batting power over the past year and has experience in a variety of positions for the New York Mets. With many analysts expecting him to move up to the big leagues this year, he’ll be as ready a prospect as the New York Mets can offer.

1. Dominic Smith

New York Mets versus San Francisco Giants
New York Mets versus San Francisco Giants

Of the organization members on this list, Smith is probably the only one wanting to trade at this point. The first baseman feels he’s proven everything he needs to be an integral part of a major league lineup and has made that clear to Mets Brass. However, with MLB-RBI leader Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso initially holed up, Smith has to settle for DH, pinch hitting and off-day opportunities. The San Diego Padres nearly took over Smith this season in hopes they could get him to repeat his 2020 season, which saw the former first-round pick post a staggering .993 OPS; However, the deal fell through.

Dominic Smith to Newsday ahead of today’s game: “If there’s a team out there that wants me to play and want me to play, I’d happily play any day. That’s how I feel about it.” Full story: newsday.com/sports/basebal…

“If there’s a team out there that wants me to play and want me to play, I’d like to play every day. That’s exactly how I feel about it.” -Dominic Smith

If the Mets find a suitable trade partner, Smith is as good as gone.

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Emma Bowman

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